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Bring on the Rabbits and Paramecia

At his Bench Marks blog, David Crotty notes that the January issue of CSH Protocols continues its series on emerging model organisms. This month’s picks were the rabbit and the paramecium. The rabbit has been used in in vitro fertilization as well as embryology and organogenesis studies and toxicology and an article from Christoph Viebahn and his colleagues discusses genomic tools for the rabbit, among others. Paramecium tetraurelia is free-living unicellular organism but is distantly related to other unicellular models and Eric Meyer and his colleagues say P. tetraurelia is “ideally suited for genetic analyses.” Previously highlighted organisms include Kalanchoë daigremontiana, yams and the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid.

The Scan

Not as High as Hoped

The Associated Press says initial results from a trial of CureVac's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine suggests low effectiveness in preventing COVID-19.

Finding Freshwater DNA

A new research project plans to use eDNA sampling to analyze freshwater rivers across the world, the Guardian reports.

Rise in Payments

Kaiser Health News investigates the rise of payments made by medical device companies to surgeons that could be in violation of anti-kickback laws.

Nature Papers Present Ginkgo Biloba Genome Assembly, Collection of Polygenic Indexes, More

In Nature this week: a nearly complete Ginkgo biloba genome assembly, polygenic indexes for dozens of phenotypes, and more.